Dylan Cragle “Washington Wonder”

I don’t remember theDylan Cragle 2010 first time I heard Thirteen Year Old Dylan Cragle sing, but I know it stopped me dead in my tracks. His performance really captivated me as I watched this young inherent talent more than demonstrate his ability to deliver a song. It was then that I realized, Dylan was going to be a powerful force in the near future!  Dylan was born on May 4, 1996 in Washington State, USA. His Mother Lynn told me “Dylan immediately started using his voice an d hasn’t stopped since.” Dylan has always been a very social person. When people meet Dylan they often remark on how articulate, well mannered, charming and funny he is. Some have described him as having personality plus.

Dylan on fence

As a small child Dylan was always dressing in costumes, acting out stories and putting on shows f or his family. When he was 3 years old he told his mother “I’m going to be a star (on stage, not television).”  Dylan began taking Dance lessons for the next 4 years and really enjoyed the Jazz and Hip Hop classes. He was a natural and excelled, receiving a Scholarship from the school. At the end of his 4th year of dance class he decided that the costumes had become a little too much for him and dropped out. Dylan then told his parents that he thought he could sing, so for his 10th birthday he was surprised to receive an interview with a vocal coach. It was then his parents turn to be surprised, when the vocal coach said “He has a re ally good voice, he can sing.” This was the start of Dylan’s passion.

Dylan’s greatest love now is to sing and be on stage. The first time he came off a stage his mother recalled him stating: “That Felt So Good”

Dylan gets very excited when he performs, he loves to make people smile and laugh. He has been performing at schools, street fairs, state fair, farmers markets, and shopping malls.
In addition to his great singing voice, Dylan just completed his first single entitled “He Taught Me” and is currently working on writing more original songs, and composing music with his producer.


Dylan is also interested in acting, and would love to perform in a Broadway play. His favorite musical is Wicked, he collects anything that has to do with that Musical.

He greatly admires Kristen Chenowith, Pink, LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. Dylan was privileged to have the opportunity to meet Carrie Underwood at the Washington State Fair.
On a personal note, Dylan is an A, B student and is involved with many after school clubs such as; drama, art and yoga club. When He is not singing Dylan loves training and playing with his German shepherd dog. He also enjoys swimming, playing soccer with his dog and Dad, biking and riding dirt bikes. Dylan dreams of becoming a professional recording artist, and traveling around the world.
To learn more about Dylan, you can either visit his You-Tube or MySpace Sites.
Dylan’s songs will soon be featured on TheSkyKid.com Radio as well, and of course you will want to check back here for updates on Dylan’s latest new original releases!
Listen to Dylan Sing his interpretation of “Going Home” a song originally written by:  David Fosters Daughter Amy Foster and Michael Buble. Amy won a BMI award for the song on November 22nd, 2008.
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To close this article I must offer one more song by Dylan which has a fantastic arrangement and of course one of my favorite genres “Country”  Listen to Dylan sing “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.

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Keep up the great work Dylan our eyes and ears are going to be tuned in for more of your wonderful works!

Tallan Latz “The Blues in Tennis Shoes”

Talan Latz


While enjoying this past season of Americas Got Talent I watched a young boy, soon to be 10 years old rock a guitar like Jimmy Hendrix reincarnated. But, due to the fact that I don’t believe in reincarnation I realized that America had just stumbled on to their next big guitar talent.

Being a Yooper, (a born resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan) and having Wisconsin as my second home, I was delighted to find out that this little guy was from a town that I visited on a bi-weekly basis for over a year. “Elkhorn Wisconsin! I gasped “really?”  “Wow! Brett Favre move over a new Idol has been born for Wisconsin!”


TMan LatzTallan Latz, who just turned 10 this past September 22nd, is probably one of the best guitar players in the United States for his age. Receiving his first musical instrument, a drum kit, at the age of three and then playing acoustic guitar at age four, now at 10, demonstrates a unique ability to play like no tomorrow. When Tallan was five, a video of Joe Satriani had a major impact on the boy and he declared “That’s what I want to do.” By the time he was eight, he had played on-stage with performers the likes of Jackson Browne and Les Paul.

According to Tallan’s Website he has been featured on:

CBS’ Rachael Ray TV Show,
WGN’s & Fox Morning Show,
CBS Early Show,
FOX News: Studio B with Shepard Smith,
The Bonnie Hunt TV Show,
NBC’s Today Show with Meredith Vieira,
NBC’s Today Show with Kathy Lee and Hoda,
Chicago’s WLS TV Morning Show,
NBC’s America’s Got Talent
and Almost Live with Johnny B

If all that was not enough, Tallan is stretching across the sea being featured on the BBC.
His story has appeared in every major newspaper, worldwide. He was even the feature story on Yahoo’s Homepage, twice!

Tallan Latz
Tallan is not just a guitar player but also a singer/songwriter.
He has even written a song for his mother “who he called his hero” and blessed her with a dedication at the Elkhorn Random Acts of Kindness Fundraiser held November 7th of this year.
Some quotes from notable people are as follows:
“To watch a boy at your age come out and do that (rock the guitar) is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever seen in my life.”  (Piers Morgan)

“You see so many musicians who can play, but they don’t have the soul and the feel and you do… you got the vibe! Tallan’s got soul and he’s an extraordinary talent!”  (Sharon Osbourne)

“You know you got a major career in front of you kid…You got charisma!” (David Hasselhoff)

“Tallan Latz is Amazing! He played an entire 2-hour set that included blues classics Crossroads, Sweet Home Chicago and Goin Down. Not only does Tallan play like a grizzled veteran, but he also works the crowd like a pro. Tallan Latz is the real deal and he is destined for greatness!” (Joe Heuer, The Rock and Roll Guru)

“Tallan’s not nine years old, he’s 49 years old. Did see the way he handled that guitar on stage! He’s an old man”  (Lonnie Brooks)

“You are a true prodigy, and I am very proud of you; one blues wonder kid to another. You are so far ahead of me at your age it’s not funny.”  (Joe Bonamassa)

“T-Man has IT, one in a million have IT and he has a ton of IT, so much at such a young age that it’s scary! Now I know the blues are in good hands! He can play with me anytime, anywhere!”  (Walter Trout)

“I couldn’t believe my ears; I just wanted to stop what I was doing and listen. I asked, is that really a kid? Tallan is amazing!”  (Bryan Lee)

“You passed the audition. I didn’t know what to expect but you can definitely play at my concert on
Saturday!”  (Les Paul)

I could go on and on, but I don’t want to weary you before you have the opportunity to visit Tallan’s Website.

Tallan, this blog is dedicated to talented kids and finding the very best that the world can offer.
It gives me great pleasure to know that the closest thing to perfection in guitar playing, lays down to sleep every night in my neighboring state, waking up to rock the world with the wonderment of finely orchestrated music that has no match.  “You, T-Man are one of a kind”.
Tallan Latz and Jackson Brown
Tallan Latz and Jackson Brown
For more about Tallan see his web site:  http:tallanlatz.com
See him on You-Tube and MySpace
Subscribe to his blog
For questions and bookings:

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Carl Latz

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